Physics, Metaphysics, and the Problem of Progress
16 May 2023 6pm
Kerry McKenzie (UC San Diego)
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This video is part of the PROTEUS project that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 758145)
Metaphysics is often held to be continuous with science. And in many respects it is: it has similar aims and (many think) it may even employ a similar methodology. However, it is arguably very different in one crucial respect: while science clearly makes progress, it is very much less clear that metaphysics does. This gravely impacts the value of engaging in metaphysics of physics prior to a final theory. Or so I think: in this talk I will explain why I believe this, and respond to some objections that have been made to my argument.